Don’t Jack Up Your Fix-Up

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Don’t Jack Up Your Fix-Up

There’s a moment at the end of home reno reality shows when the homeowner sees the finished project for the first time. Usually, someone cries, at least a little. And sometimes, it’s because that remodel is an epic fail. As a real estate investor, you don’t want to ugly cry on the job site. Really,…  Continue Reading

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The Automated Offer Formula for Real Estate Investing

 How can a real estate investor make sure they purchase investment properties at the right price? Whether you have heard it before or not, there’s no more true statement in all of real estate investing than this: If you by properties right then you can’t miss. The purchase price dictates whether you will get approved…  Continue Reading

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5 Phase Renovation Breakdown

Don’t know where to start with the renovation for your real estate investment property? Whether you are just starting out in real estate investing or you’re a seasoned vet, I know it helps me get started when I have everything broken down in to simple steps or phases. So I wanted to do the same…  Continue Reading

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How to [Accurately] Project Property Repairs

One of the most frequent questions that we get here from our students and borrowers at Strategic Real Estate Coach is “How can I accurately budget repairs?” This is a BIG deal because comping the property correctly and making sure we know and understand the After-Repair Value (ARV) of the home is very important to…  Continue Reading

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10 Big Mistakes that Kill Real Estate Deals

Don’t you wish someone could tell you all the mistakes you need to avoid before you actually make them? I recently sat down with my former coaching student, and now Head Coach of SREC, Kyle Garifo, to reflect on some of the mistakes and challenges that we faced investing in real estate and flipping investment…  Continue Reading

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14 Ways to Find Contractors for Your Flips

It’s no secret that a good contractor is hard to find. It’s also no secret that the profitability of any rehab can be directly correlated to the contractor. So, hiring a dependable contractor is not only critical, but also essential to the success of any flip. Whether it’s a light rehab for a significant full…  Continue Reading

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7 Steps to Searching for Comps

Today I wanted to talk to you about an important piece of the real estate investing puzzle that a few of our students and subscribers have had questions about – Comparative Market Analysis’. You can use these when finding new deals to see if they are in a good area and will sell quickly and…  Continue Reading

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Why Mold is Gold

Josh here… I’m turning over this blog post to SREC’s head coach, Kyle Garifo, who has been working on some big projects in his market. He’ll walk you through why mold is gold, why not to shy away from flipping bigger houses and how to learn the exact systems that we use in our business…  Continue Reading

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6 MORE FREE, Offline Ways to Find Killer Deals

  In this competitive real estate investing market, I know no one is going to turn down some FREE methods to help them find deals, so I’m going to continue with my previous topic. I gave you 7 free, offline methods to help find deals and I’m now giving you 6 more… 6 MORE Free, Offline…  Continue Reading

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10 Tips for Choosing the Right Contractor

Recently I put together a training video and blog about how to find reliable, quality contractors. Now I am going to tell you the next step on what to do once you have put together a list of possible contractors you may want to work with. As you already know, a good contractor can really…  Continue Reading

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6 Effective Ways to Build Your Buyers List

So you found a steal of a deal property and got it under contract, so now what? If this isn’t your first real estate rodeo, then you probably have a solid buyer’s list put together, but what if you don’t? It’s time to put in a little extra work and get one together so you…  Continue Reading

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10 Step Marketing Funnels for Motivated Sellers

I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years now since I’ve been mentoring other students on how to become a successful real estate investor. I’ve done countless webinars, live coaching classes, video trainings, podcasts, blog posts and spoken at multiple live events. I have seen the market shift and the main questions I get asked…  Continue Reading

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3 Ways to Get Your Deals FUNDED

We know that there are multiple different ways to get real estate financing. The problem is that most real estate investors have no clue these options exist. They are tricked into thinking they need their own CASH or bank financing to fund their deals. They are lead to believe that they must WHOLESALE properties for…  Continue Reading

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Strategic Real Estate Coach Radio: Q and A with Kyle – Gauging the Amount of Work Your Rehab Needs

SREC’s head coach, Kyle Garifo, addresses some of the recent questions we’ve been receiving from our students and subscribers. He covers topics such as using silent investors, questions regarding interest when using funding through Freeland Lending, how to be taken seriously by listing agents when you’re a first time investor and gauging the amount of work a…  Continue Reading

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Strategic Real Estate Coach Radio: From Hurricane Katrina to Investor of the Year with Michael Johnston

Kyle Garifo interviews SREC’s Investor of the Year, Michael Johnston on this episode of Strategic Real Estate Coach Radio. Michael currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana and still works his full-time job as the Director of Programs at a rehab facility ON TOP of running his investing business. They discuss how Michael lived through Hurricane Katrina…  Continue Reading

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5 Step Process of Locating Vacant Properties No One Else Knows About

  Vacant properties in many markets can be considered some of the best deals you can find. There is also pretty low competition in the vacant house market because truthfully, about 90% of real estate investors don’t want to take the time to scope out these deals and do the follow up work needed. Most…  Continue Reading

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14 Ways to Find and Hire Qualified Contractors

I have been seeing a lot of questions lately from our members and subscribers about how to find good, qualified contractors. These are coming from students who are just starting out AND from students with experience who have just been burned by a bad contractor in the past. We know the profitability of any rehab…  Continue Reading

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How To Outsource Improvements In 6 Easy Steps

Do you know EXACTLY how to plan out your renovations and improvements once you’ve located a great deal that needs some repairs? Are you a little intimidated of making a mistake when a property needs repairs? Well if you are like me (not handy AT ALL) this can seem a little confusing and scary. Fear…  Continue Reading

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7 Steps to Prep for a Fast Fix and Flip Real Estate Investment

Nothing sucks up money and eats into profits like a house sitting vacant so it’s an enormous mistake to buy a house and then have it sit for days, weeks, months before the repairs and work gets done. Trust me, I’ve made this mistake before and all of a sudden I’ve spent $1500 just on…  Continue Reading

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10 Must-Knows About Buying Real Estate Investment Properties at Auctions

If you’re interested in buying real estate as an investment, you should know the local MLS isn’t your only option. Real estate auctions are growing in popularity, especially for people looking for a bargain. Experienced investors often buy properties this way, but technology has simplified the process and has made it less intimidating to new…  Continue Reading

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Did you get the package I sent you in the mail?

Did you get the package I sent you in the mail?

  Just wanted to find out if you received the letter and FREE DVD I sent you a few days ago. Did the US Postal Service drop it in your mail box? The reason I ask is because the good ‘ol US Mail service… as you know… can be a bit sluggish at times. If you…  Continue Reading

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Here’s How Attend the Flip & Fund Summit 5 for FREE

WHY ATTEND THE FLIP & FUND SUMMIT 5? I recently sat down with SREC’s Head Coach, Kyle Garifo, to talk about experiences we’ve had with attending real estate live events and other training programs. Looking back on it, I think in the year 2005 alone, I must have spent about $100,000 just traveling and attending…  Continue Reading

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In 2016, Let’s Stop Chasing the Latest Fads

In 2016, Let’s Stop Chasing the Latest Fads

  I want to talk to you guys today about your real estate investing business. Where does your business stand? Are you just starting out and need some direction? Or, have you flipped a few homes, but need to systemize your business so you can consistently collect your profit checks without getting too involved with…  Continue Reading

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[New Training] Protecting Your Principal Part I

[New Training] Protecting Your Principal Part I

As some of you know, I have been getting a lot of questions from students lately about advice regarding becoming a private investor. I am starting to get a sense that we need to create and offer a training specifically for private investors, private lenders and self-directed IRA investors. I am working on creating a…  Continue Reading

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[8 Steps] How to Become a Successful and Confident Self-Directed Private Investor

[8 Steps] How to Become a Successful and Confident Self-Directed Private Investor

Lately I’ve been noticing a trending question among my students – they have been telling me they have some extra cash on hand or in their self-directed IRA accounts and need some advice on what to do with it. This question really got the wheels turning in my brain and I decided to create a…  Continue Reading

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Let Me Help You Become a Confident Investor

Let Me Help You Become a Confident Investor

As you might know, the accumulated third quarter ROI inside of Freeland Fund I is 6.39%/25.6% annualized.  One of the best parts of starting a new venture is when it works out EXACTLY like you planned and that’s what we have done with Freeland Ventures. I am so proud of this and now I want…  Continue Reading

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How to Start Your Week with a Plan for Success

How to Start Your Week with a Plan for Success

About ten years ago, I was just a guy with a vision for a fixer-upper I wanted to buy and flip. I hated my job. I worked a lot of nights and weekends as a financial planner. I had a six figure income, but I was basically broke living commission check to commission check. So…  Continue Reading

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Case Studies I’m Flipping Right NOW

Case Studies I’m Flipping Right NOW

8 Profit Packed Case Studies This summer has been crazy busy for my personal real estate investing business. Since we had such a tough winter, some properties had to get put on hold and took longer than expected. Some had unforeseen costs and issues. And sometimes you just hire a bad contractor who isn’t doing…  Continue Reading

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The Only Real Estate Strategy You’ll Ever Need

The Only Real Estate Strategy You’ll Ever Need

After weekends like Labor Day, doesn’t it make you wish you were able to have the flexible schedule and lifestyle like a long, holiday weekend all the time? Big Brother Breaks Free As a professional real estate investor who left a full-time job as a financial planner, a question I get asked frequently is “how…  Continue Reading

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How To Get the Funding You Need for the Deals You Want

How To Get the Funding You Need for the Deals You Want

Get All the Funding You Need Last week, we discussed how the two biggest questions I get asked from students is: How do I get funding for my deals? How do I find good deals? I gave you the powerful solution for finding good deals with my FREE report, “55 Simple and Powerful Ways to…  Continue Reading

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Never Have to Ask “How Do I Find Good Deals?” Again

Never Have to Ask “How Do I Find Good Deals?” Again

The Direct Deal Formula This week I had the privilege of sitting down Jason Lucchesi, a former student of mine and founder of a real estate investing training and coaching company called Global Fortune Solutions that he’s been running since 2008. Jason has since flipped hundreds of properties using what he calls his “Direct Deal…  Continue Reading

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Strategic Real Estate Investor Radio: The Direct Deal Formula

In this episode of Strategic Real Estate Investor Radio, Josh Cantwell chats with a former student of his, Jason Lucchesi who is now the founder of a real estate investing training and coaching company called Global Fortune Solutions.  Jason walks Josh through his Direct Deal Formula and how he’s focusing on purchasing off-market, distressed properties…  Continue Reading

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Are You Still Sitting on the Fence?

Are You Still Sitting on the Fence?

It’s Time to Pull the Trigger If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to attend our exclusive live event, the Flip & Fund Summit taking place in Dallas, Texas in just two short weeks – now’s the time to make the decision! Is the cost an issue? Or timing? Whatever it is…  Continue Reading

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Strategic Real Estate Investor Radio is New & Noteworthy

Strategic Real Estate Investor Radio is New & Noteworthy

Our podcast, Strategic Real Estate Investor Radio, has been making waves on iTunes lately! We were ranked at #8 under the “Investing” category – which is HUGE considering there are thousands of other investing podcasts! We are also featured right on the front page iTunes under the New & Noteworthy section! I want to give…  Continue Reading

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How You Can Become an Expert Real Estate Investor

How You Can Become an Expert Real Estate Investor

  Win a FREE iPad Mini 2 Here’s the scoop – do you subscribe and listen to our podcasts? Do you like what you hear and learn? Awesome, then leave us a 5 star review on iTunes! Reading your reviews keep us motivated to bring you the best free, education content that we can. Once…  Continue Reading

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Taking a Leap of Faith

Taking a Leap of Faith

How to Fund Your Deals By now you know that my business is 100% automated – and I have no problem teaching my students the EXACT blueprint I use to be successful. Let’s walk through the process of how to get your deals funded by raising private money through our Freedom Funding program. Notes – This is…  Continue Reading

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How to Rehab a Flip in 6 Simple Steps

How to Rehab a Flip in 6 Simple Steps

Let’s get back to basics for a minute here – what is your game plan when you purchase a property to rehab and sell? Are you just a wholesaler and looking to get into the bigger profit deals? If you aren’t sure exactly where to start, here is our simple 6 steps that we follow…  Continue Reading

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Review Our Podcast and Win a FREE iPad Mini 2

Review Our Podcast and Win a FREE iPad Mini 2

Interview with Justin Colby of the Science of Flipping Podcast Recently I was able to catch up with a special guest Justin Colby, Co-Founder and President of The Science of Flipping, Omni Investment Group and Phoenix Wealth Builders on my latest episode of Strategic Real Estate Investing Radio. Omni and Phoenix Wealth Builders are both…  Continue Reading

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Think You Know All About Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements?

Think You Know All About Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements?

  Protect yourself by getting the lowdown on real estate purchase and sale agreements and realtor contracts.   Whether you’re a grizzled old veteran of the business or a pink little newbie just starting out, it never hurts to get a better understanding of the real estate purchase and sale agreements and contracts you use…  Continue Reading

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Create Your Own Personal Bank to Fund All Your Real Estate Investments

Create Your Own Personal Bank to Fund All Your Real Estate Investments

10 Advantages of Self-Directed IRA’s in Real Estate Investing Did you know the US Social Security Administration defines financial security as those people who have $3,000 per month of recurring income at the age of 65? Unfortunately, only approximately 5% of Americans achieve this and are able to retire at the age of 65. We…  Continue Reading

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Looking for a Big ROI with Lower Risk? This is the Answer

Looking for a Big ROI with Lower Risk? This is the Answer

  15 Powerful Ways to Invest in Real Estate With Your Self-Directed IRA Let’s talk about Self-Directed IRA’s (Individual Retirement Account) for a moment. When you think about IRA’s and investing, the first things that probably come to mind are stocks, bonds, mutual funds and CD’s. Did you know there are other more creative, one-off…  Continue Reading

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55 Simple and Powerful Ways to Find Killer Real Estate Investments

55 Simple and Powerful Ways to Find Killer Real Estate Investments

Ever wish there was a manual that you could go through that would show you all the ways that my team and I find our great real estate investment deals? Perhaps a book that included links to the sites we use, details on each and even some real life case studies? Well guess what –…  Continue Reading

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How to Be a Current Day Robin Hood: Real Estate Overages and Finders Fees

How to Be a Current Day Robin Hood: Real Estate Overages and Finders Fees

REAL ESTATE OVERAGES: ADVANTAGES FOR EVERYONE If you haven’t heard about it already, I want to talk to you again about the Hooked on Overages master class that myself and my buddy, Bob Diamond are offering this week. Bob Diamond is a Business and Real Estate Attorney and has been in the real estate investing industry…  Continue Reading

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A New Opportunity is Knocking

A New Opportunity is Knocking

I wanted to take a minute to wrap-up on our 2015 PurpleStride 5k Run & Family-Friendly Walk. It happened this past Saturday, June 13. Strategic Real Estate was the presenting sponsor again this year and we were able to raise over $229,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which is incredible. Thank you very much…  Continue Reading

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Student Case Studies, Cruisin’ for Comps and More

Student Case Studies, Cruisin’ for Comps and More

One of the most important pieces of information that I like to provide you with is real life case studies from students who have completed our training programs and are now successfully flipping properties. A student of mine, Nick Zalonis, recently purchased his first property that we are working with him through our Freedom Funding…  Continue Reading

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The 411 on HUD Homes

The 411 on HUD Homes

Government foreclosures, aka HUD homes, is an important topic for real estate investors to be aware of. You may automatically think the houses need a ton of work or maybe you didn’t even know that you could get hold of these properties. Let me walk you through exactly where these HUD homes come from: Many…  Continue Reading

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Great Real Estate Investments Sell Themselves (And How to Find Real Estate Investments)

Great Real Estate Investments Sell Themselves (And How to Find Real Estate Investments)

TWO NEW REAL ESTATE INVESTING CASE STUDIES FROM JOSH CANTWELL: Today I’m going to walk you through two brand new personal case studies we have of homes we sold in record time last week and yielded a profit of $86,000. I knew this spring selling season was going to be hot, but so far I’m blown…  Continue Reading

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The Strategic Real Estate Run Down 5/2/15 – A New Way to Market Houses

The Strategic Real Estate Run Down 5/2/15 – A New Way to Market Houses

Hey Guys, It’s Josh Cantwell checking in. I hope you’re having a great Saturday! The snow has melted and we’re finally experiencing spring. The real estate market is HOT – this might be the strongest spring season I can remember. I’ve been able to sell 7 properties in the last 60 days and I’ve got many…  Continue Reading

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Notes, Mortgages, Operating Agreements, and Corporate Structure Q & A – Here’s What You Should Know

Notes, Mortgages, Operating Agreements, and Corporate Structure Q & A – Here’s What You Should Know

Want a fast tutorial on the basics of running a real estate investment company? Learn what the experts are saying. There’s no time like the present to find out how the nation’s top real estate investment companies are being run. What’s the secret to their success? Leading professional investors and transactional real estate attorneys discuss…  Continue Reading

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Real Estate Investing Basics Many Investors Forget

Real Estate Investing Basics Many Investors Forget

Don’t Forget These Real Estate Investing Basics, and You’ll Do Just Fine There are really only a handful of building blocks that form the foundation for success in real estate investing. That being said, young or old, grizzled trooper or newbie, it’s surprising how many investors are unfamiliar with these essential building blocks. In fact,…  Continue Reading

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Strategic Real Estate Investing Radio: House Flipping Walkthrough

Strategic Real Estate Investing Radio: House Flipping Walkthrough

In the latest episode of Real Estate Investing Made Easy, Real Estate Investor Josh Cantwell checks out one of his newest investment properties for the first time and calculates the rehab cost. [powerpress] Be Daring, Josh P.S. After you tune in to this free podcast, I’d really appreciate it if you could leave me a…  Continue Reading

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